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If there was ever an event for a first time festival goer, it would be ProgPower USA. Unfortunately, fans here are spoiled by the incredible privileges, some of which could never be properly duplicated by any of the huge European festivals. In Atlanta, you won’t find camping sites, 80,000 people and huge immense lines for signing sessions. What you will find is a community of about 1200 well-educated and well versed fans that throw an amazing party and represent some of the nicest people from all over the U.S. and the world. However, it is a party which also includes the many members of the best bands you can find in the world (not just those who are playing) all within an incredibly intimate setting of a venue that is as unmatched in sound quality as it is fan friendly. For its first 12 years, ProgPower USA seemed out of my reach for reasons I cannot fully explain or comprehend (stupidity comes to mind). However, lucky #13 consisted of a lineup which I personally felt was the strongest in its history (though called “weak” by progressive fan standards), and was perfect for my very first taste of the ProgPower USA experience. As soon as this lineup was announced last year, I drew up the battle plan to attend. The ability to see Serenity, Mystic Prophecy, Pretty Maids and so many others make their debut U.S. performances was something of a dream for this aging fan boi. Topping it off was a headline performance my current favorite Epica, so finding a way to get there became mandatory. What transpired exceeded all my hopes and expectations, a dream I wish I never woke from. (For complete reviews, check out Metal Underground.com's road reports on Day One, Day Two and the pre-show with Nightwish & Kamelot by colleague Progressivity_In_All.) More...
The morning of September 15th was a bit hazy for most attendees, as the Artmore post-show celebrations had famously ensued when Epica finished up Day One's show at 2:30 in the AM. Really, where else were you going to go after getting 12 straight hours of show time, knowing that the bands you just saw on stage would be mingling with you in the courtyard? It just didn't make sense to go home. Nightwish and Kamelot were off on their tour after playing the pre-ProgPower show on Thursday.
One of the other fun things about ProgPower is that it brings out members of other bands who aren't playing, but just want to see a great show. In the courtyard later in the day, I would run into Pyramaze vocalist Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose) as well as Oklahoma-based progressive metal band Vangough. I met the members of Vangough at a Mexican restaurant a block up from the venue for lunch and an interview about their most recent album, "Kingdom of Ruin," and their future. Festivities for Day Two kicked off at 2:30 in the afternoon. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be a long write-up. More...
Primal Fear/Sinner bassist Mat Sinner announced that he has entered the studio with Symphony X/Adrenaline Mob singer Russell Allen on a new, yet untitled, musical project for Frontiers Records, due out in 2013.
According to his pot on Facebook, Sinner announced:
"Now the news - we've started already with the recordings of the yet unnamed Russell Allen/Mat Sinner project. We've chosen eleven great tracks and these guys will record with me and Russ in the studio:
"Roland Grapow (guitars, lead guitar) [Helloween/Masterplan]
Randy Black (drums) [Primal Fear]
Alessandro Del Vecchio (keyboards & vocals) [Eden's Curse/Edge of Forever/Hardline]
Alex Beyrodt (add. lead guitars) [Primal Fear/Silent Force/Sinner].
"[The album will be] [p]roduced by Mat Sinner & mixed by Achim Köhler, with a release on Frontiers Records early 2013. Watch out, this will be a huge album!"
More news on the project as it develops. More...
The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user AquariumRandomVideo2, of Symphony X performing live yesterday at the Loud Festival in Bulgaria. Check out the clip below. Symphony X will also be playing a headliner set at ProgPower USA in Atlanta this coming Saturday, September 15, 2012.
Brazilian metal band Shadowside is scheduled to perform at the Metal Open Air festival that takes place in São Luís, Brazil from April 20th to 22nd. The lineup consists of bands such as Anthrax, Blind Guardian, Megadeth, Venom, Symphony X, Andre Matos, Korzus, Torture Squad and many others.
Even though I reside in the “drive through” state of Connecticut, I still find it odd that one of the most anticipated tours of the year would begin in a location that most bands/tours avoid. It has more to do with fans in the state. Real fans of metal usually head over to neighboring New York or Massachusetts for any quality metal and any other fans tend to stay at home on Tuesday rather than get out and witness a major tour that is literally within 20-40 minutes away. It is the sorry state of affairs that most real metal fans in Connecticut deal with. But here, a rare opportunity descended upon us and it was a night that the half-filled hall would not soon forget.
The bands arrived in town early, but for some reason the sound checking process started right about the time that doors should have opened. Iced Earth could easily be heard in a practice run of Dystopia while the crowd gathered and waited. The delay caused doors to open at approximately 6:45pm and by the time half the crowd had be properly frisked, entered and started to check out the merchandise table…Warbringer started its set. More...
After recently touring Europe with Arch Enemy and successfully completing their first-ever headlining U.S. run in the fall of 2011, the thrash road-warriors from Warbringer are ready for yet another North American tour - this time, with co-headliners Iced Earth and Symphony X.
In regards to this upcoming trek, the band comments: "It's a new year and we're looking forward to getting back out there and touring the US and Canada, especially getting back to some of the markets we didn't hit on the headline tour. These will be big shows and a long tour and we're excited to share the stage with ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X, and performing for some of their fans who may have not seen WARBRINGER yet."
Dates are as follows:
1/20 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk **off-date with DEATH ANGEL, BLESSED CURSE**
1/21 - Fresno, CA - Starline **off-date with DEATH ANGEL**
1/28 - Portage, IN - Camelot Hall **headlining off-date**
1/30 - Richmond, VA - Kingdom **headlining off-date**
1/31 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
2/1 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
2/2 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar **headlining off-date**
2/3 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
2/4 - Quebec City, QC - Albert Rousseau
2/5 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
2/6 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
2/9 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
2/10 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub
2/11 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
2/12 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central
2/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
2/15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
2/16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
2/17 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Theater
2/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
2/20 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
2/21 - Anaheim, CA - Grove
2/22 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
2/24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
2/25 - Denver, CO - Summit
2/26 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
2/27 - Dallas, TX - Trees
2/28 - Austin, TX - Emos East
2/29 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
3/2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
3/3 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
3/4 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
3/5 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
3/6 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
3/7 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
3/8 - Frederick, MD - Café 611
3/9 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
3/10 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
3/11 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
3/12 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft **headlining off-date**
3/13 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
3/14 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
3/15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
3/16 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
3/17 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes More...
Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about offering a sampler for free download online:
"Nuclear Blast says thank you, for an awesome year to their fans and friends, by offering a free download compilation, exclusively on our Facebook page. Surf to this location and like the page and get the free sampler! Have a merry and rocking Christmas and an ass-kicking 2012!"
The track listing is as follows:
01. Destruction - The Price
02. Hell - Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us
03. Demonaz - All Blackened Sky
04. Scar Symmetry - lluminoid Dream Sequence
05. Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
06. Hammerfall - One More Time
07. Pain - Dirty Woman
08. Rhapsody Of Fire - Aeons Of Raging Darkness (edit)
09. Symphony x - Dehumanized
10. Communic - Destroyer Of Bloodlines
11. Vader - Come And See My Sacrifice
12. Seven - Get It
13. Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Violation (edit)
14. Tasters - Please Destroy This World
15. Cipher sytem - Communicate The Storms
16. Anthrax - Fight'em Till You Can't
17. Biohazard - Vengeance Is Mine
18. Textures - Singularity
19. We Came As Romans - Mis/understanding
20. Threat Signal - Fallen Disciples
21. Texas In July - 1000 Lies
22. Graveworm - See No Future
23. Like Moths To Flames - You Won't Be Missed
24. Gotthard - Remember It's Me
25. Battle Beast - Enter The Metal World
American power metal veterans Iced Earth will be teaming up with progressive metal outfit Symphony X for a thirty plus date tour of North America in January it has been revealed. This will be in support of Iced Earth's brand new album, "Dystopia" and the latest Symphony X record, "Iconoclast," which was released last June. Support on the tour will come from thrash metal group, Warbringer.
"I'm excited to tour with Symphony X," Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer said. "They're phenomenal musicians and very cool guys. This co-headliner tour will be a great experience for the fans. It is also way overdue for us to play a proper tour of North America. Get ready!"
Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo echoes Schaffer’s enthusiasm.
"We are very excited about the upcoming North American Tour with Iced Earth," Romeo said. "We first met Jon & the guys a few years back and they were really cool. When the idea of a co-headline tour surfaced, we thought it would be awesome. The fans can expect a night of great music from both bands. We look forward to seeing you all real soon!"
For the full list of tour dates, visit the official Iced Earth website.
ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:
ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:
Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:
Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)
(+ USA Debut)
Tickets are now on sale at this location.
Check out the announcement video here:
ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:
Symphony X (Headliner)
On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.
"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."
The track listing is as follows:
Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden
Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...
Yuval Kramer, producer and guitarist for Israeli Prog-Metal band AMASEFFER, has announced the approach of a new project, "Reign of the Architect," a new sci-fi saga, featuring some well-known guest musicians and vocalists, as well as introducing fresh, new talents.
Reign of the Architect is an international collaboration started by Mauricio Bustamante, Mexican drummer, and Yuval Kramer himself. It has been in production for the last four years. In 2010, Mauricio joined Yuval in Jerusalem, Israel, to finally begin recording their mutual effort.
The story, which the band has yet to reveal, will unfold over the course of two albums, the first part to be released in early 2012.
Joining Mauricio (drums) and Yuval (guitars), are Israeli vocalists: Yotam Avni (Prey for Nothing), Tom Gefen, Davidavi (Vidi) Dolev, Adva Kramer and Grace Hannah Woolf.
The album will also include guest appearances by some well-known artists, such as: vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yingwie Malemsteen, Journey, etc.), bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), keyboardist Joost Van Der Brooek (Areyon, Star One, etc.), bassist Kyle Honea and more.
"Even though we had the chance to collaborate with some of our favorite musicians out there," Mauricio and Yuval added, "we wanted to introduce fresh and unknown artists, both instrumentalists and vocalists, to the world. Artists we can guarantee will blow your mind!"
At the moment, the band’s debut (title has yet to be revealed) is being mixed. The band is currently in negotiations with a few record labels in hopes to have exciting news in the near future.
Symphony X, through Nuclear Blast Records and World Management, announced European tour dates in support of the band's new LP "Iconoclast." Norwegian progressive metal act Pagan's Mind and Italy's DGM will provide support.
09/28/2011: Hamburg, Germany - Knust
09/29/2011: Bochum, Germany - Zeche
09/30/2011: Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
10/01/2011: Baarlo, Netherlands - SJ Sjiva
10/02/2011: Berlin, Germany - Columbia-Club
10/04/2011: Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
10/05/2011: München, Germany - Backstage
10/07/2011: Milano, Italy - Live Club
10/08/2011: Rimini, Italy - Velvet
10/10/2011: Rome, Italy - Alpheus
10/12/2011: Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra
10/13/2011: Madrid, Spain - Sala Penelope
10/14/2011: Lisbon, Portugal - Incrivel Almadense
10/15/2011: Porto, Portugal - Hard Club
10/16/2011: Santiago de Compostela, Spain - Capitol
10/18/2011: Bordeaux, France - Theatre Barbey
10/19/2011: Lyon, France - Kinkasi Kao
10/20/2011: Pratteln, Czech Republic - Z7
10/21/2011: Monthey, Czech Republic - Pont Rouge
10/23/2011: Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
10/25/2011: Manchester, United Kingdom - Academy 3
10/26/2011: London, United Kingdom - Islington 2 Academy
10/28/2011: Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
The 2011 edition of the ProgPower Europe festival will take place in the Netherlands from September 30th - October 2nd. Additional details on the festival are available here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
Friday September 30
Saturday October 1
Long Distance Calling
Sunday October 2
Professionally filmed footage of the live debut from Adrenaline Mob, the new band featuring former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, Stuck Mojo/Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward, guitarist Mike Orlando and bassist Paul DiLeo (of Nena fame,) has been posted online. You can check out the video, which shows the band performing the classic Black Sabbath song, "The Mob Rules," below. The video was recorded on June 24th at The Hiro Ballroom in New York City. More...
Adrenaline Mob, the new progressive metal act from Mike Portnoy, has posted a short sampler online to promote its impending debut album. You can check out the album teaser in the player below. The new group also features Stuck Mojo/Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward, Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, Sonic Stomp guitar player Mike Orlando and bassist Paul DiLeo.
Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the band last year, has revealed some details about one of his new musical endeavors.
Portnoy has announced that he has formed a new group named Adrenaline Mob, and that the band also features Stuck Mojo/Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward, Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, Sonic Stomp guitar player Mike Orlando and bassist Paul DiLeo. The quintet will make its live debut in New York on June 24 and are currently working on a debut album.
BayAreaRocks.com has posted a video interview online with Michael Romeo of Symphony X, which was conducted at the The Regency Grand Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. You can check out the video clip below.
The new Symphony X album "Iconoclast" will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 17th in Europe and June 21st in North America. The track listing is as follows:
2. The End Of Innocence
4. Bastards Of The Machine
6. Children Of A Faceless God
7. Electric Messiah
8. Prometheus (I Am Alive)
9. When All Is Lost